American Field

Field Trial Report

NGSPA Region 5 Championships

By Lori Rezzardi | Jul 14, 2017
Open Shooting Dog Championship Winners.  From left: Judge Tim Zick, Charles Lane, Rich Barber, Joyce Barber with No Sleep Til Brook Lyn, April Raber with Chicoree’s Sparkle In Her Eye, Dan DiMambro, Judge Tom Oswald and Lori Rezzardi.

Pinckneyville, Ill. — The Region 5 Championships began after the conclusion of the National German Pointing Dog Association Championships at Pyramid State Park near Pinckneyville, Ill.

Many thanks to the volunteers who worked hard to have the new clubhouse available for our use during both events: site manager Cha Hill and his crew; Tom Davis, Tom Oswald, Joe Amatulli, Peter Coppens, Jake Schulz and others.

Thanks also to Terry Trzcinski from Purina and Jim Morehouse from SportDog for their continued support of field trials.

Thank you to Joyce Barber and April Raber stepping up and planting birds.


First up was the Amateur Shooting Dog Championship. It was capably judged by Tom Oswald of Winnsboro, S. C., and Chad Holman of Whittington, Ill., who graciously agreed to fill in at the last minute. The judges were

presented with six braces of quality dogs to watch. They named Franchi’s Son of a Gun, handled by Rick Heller for owners Jacob and Laura Schulz of Hartford, Wis., the champion. Runner-up was awarded to Snowy River’s Full Strut, handled by Chase Verdoorn, and co-owned with Mark Verdoorn of Platte City, Mo.

In the Open Shooting Dog Championship, Judges Tom Oswald and Tim Zick of Edgerton Wis., watched the performances of eleven braces of dogs.

After nearly two weeks of trials being run on the same grounds the bird population was building up. For some dogs there were too many birds and they couldn’t maintain their manners. Some dogs had a course that differed from where the handler wanted to guide them, thus retrieval units had to be pulled. For a couple, it wasn’t their day and handlers wisely chose to pick up and save their dogs for another day.

Yet, for a majority, all systems were go, multiple pieces of bird work were not an issue, handling around the course came with ease. Several dogs caught the judges’ eyes, but the championship title was awarded to No Sleep Til Brook Lynn, owned by Charles Lane of West Branch, Mich., and handled by Rich Barber. Earning the runner-up spot was Chicoree’s Sparkle In Her Eye, owned by Dr. Fred Ryan of Lima, Ohio and handled by Dan DiMambro.

Pinckneyville, Ill., March 22

Judges: Chad Holman and Tom Oswald


Winner—FRANCHI’S SON OF A GUN, 1659123, male, by Cadens Ruger Weltmeister—Bitter Sweet’s Brandy. Jacob Schulz, owner; Rick Heller, handler.

Runner-Up—SNOWY RIVER’S FULL STRUT, 1646738, male, by Snowy River’s Cuttin The Edge—Snowy River’s S S Super Sport. Mark Verdoorn, owner; Chase Verdoorn, handler.

Judges: Tom Oswald and Tim Zick


[One-Hour Heats] — 22 German Shorthairs

Winner—NO SLEEP TIL BROOK LYNN, 1662506, female, by Texas Bushwacking Bud—Cuttin Wilds Space Cowgirl. Charles Lane II, owner; Rich Barber, handler.

Runner-Up—CHICOREE’S SPARKLE IN HER EYE, 1642199, female, by H’s K Man Guy—Chicoree’s Jackie v Nuke. Dr. Fred Ryan, owner; Dan DiMambro, handler.

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